Acton, MA - Michael Elliott (Mike) died at home in Acton, Massachusetts on Friday, March 9, 2018, ten days before his 61st birthday. In his final days and moments, he was in the loving presence of close family.
He leaves a loving wife, Terri (Curtis) Elliott. Terri and Mike knew one another in high school in Brattleboro, reunited in an unexpected love affair in 2008, and married in 2011. The dichotomies in the wedding vow of “for better or for worse” couldn’t have been better shown than they were by Terri in Mike’s last months.
Mike leaves two children, Luke and Sarah, 17 and 20. Luke is a junior in high school in Littleton, Mass., and Sarah is a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia.
His mother, Nancy Cavanaugh Elliott, never expected this turn of fate in her lifetime. While her 85 New England winters have forged her in steel, this experience has strained her great might.
Mike was the oldest of four children. Chris Elliott and Greg Elliott were his brothers, and Elizabeth Elliott Mackle his sister. Mike leaves two nieces, Katie Mackle and Allison Elliott, and a nephew, Chris Mackle, as well as two cousins, John and Joe Cavanaugh. His father, Birnie Jo Elliott, predeceases him.
Mike was born in Manchester, NH on March 19, 1957 and lived there until 1963 when the family moved to Brattleboro, Vermont. He graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in 1975 and earned a BS in Forestry Sciences at the University of Vermont in 1979. An expert on the impact of large engineering projects in waters and wetlands, he had a 32-year career with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Mike was proudest of his largest project, the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island, the first ocean wind farm in the US.
He was a star athlete in high school, notably in tennis and skiing. He backpacked across Europe after college and often spent his vacations hiking Denali National Park or swimming with manatees in Florida. His love of the natural world and his scientific mind melded into a singular one that permitted a seamless ebb and flow between the shared identities of his heart’s great passions and his chosen profession.
There will be a service at Atamaniuk Funeral Home, 40 Terrace Street in Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, Saturday, March 17, 11:00AM, followed by a Celebration of Life at The Marina, 28 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro, Vermont.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Glioblastoma Foundation (glioblastomafoundation.org).